Kuka: Robot Ascetic Inscribes Bible


Image: Marc Wathieu

Kuka, what appears to be a fairly standard industrial robot, has been reprogrammed to inscribe the entire Martin Luther bible onto a endless roll of paper. It uses a calligraphic style translated by its creators RobotLab from an early font called "Schwabacher."

I love bibles; I love industrial robots. I find whole project haunting.

Product Page (German) [RobotLab.de]
Marc Wathieu's Gallery [Flickr]
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  1. Automaton … thoughtlessly repeating the same religious ritual over, and over and over … without comprehension …

    Robot or Evangelical?

  2. i know that robot…she’s a religious nut.
    what i’m interested in is that endless roll of paper. where can i get one of those?

  3. “And remember: Robot hell is a real place, and you will go there at the first sign of resistance.”

    That is, unless you copy the bible for all eternity. I guess the turrets just do it with bullets.

  4. Actually, “Kuka” ist not the name of the robot. Kuka is a company from Augsburg, Germany developing and producing industrial robots.

  5. My father works at Kuka (Germany). Normally, these robots are used to manufacture car chassis, but they can be used for almost anything. Strap a seat onto one and have a ride 😀

  6. Maybe they could use robots to re-build Noah’s ark and the garden of eden too. I have to admit I do like watching robots doing stupid stuff and this would rate way at the top of my list.

  7. Somehow I find this reminiscent of “The Nine Billion Names of God”…

    And I agree, the effect is haunting.

  8. @ Flying Squid
    I think it’s making an interesting point about religion. You know. Saying something without saying it.

  9. What a waste of resources, both physical and engineering. Of all the books and documents, why spend time copying something that’s already been excessively distributed. We could all benefit from having one fewer evangelical robots (and robot owners).

  10. Anonymous (13): Because it’s cool.

    Also, possibly because it’s a good demonstration of the robot’s versatility.

  11. heh. while i marvel at Kuka’s ability to create something that’s capable of inscribing truly beautiful text, this just has a funny twist to it.

    i wonder what the christian “God” would have to say about this? they are, after all, taking the human aspect (his creations, supposedly) out of spreading “His” word.

    books created by robots, for robots? that was a metaphor, by the way.

  12. Has anyone read “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood?
    “At the corner is the store known as Soul Scrolls. It’s a franchise: there are Soul Scrolls in every city center, in every suburb, or so they say. It must make a lot of profit
    The window of Soul Scrolls is shatterproof. Behind it are printout machines, row on row of them; these machines are known as Holy Rollers, but only among us, it’s a disrespectful name. What the machines print is prayers, roll upon roll, prays going out endlessly.”


  13. Luther’s German translation was first printed as a bound book in the mid-1500s, almost a century after Gutenberg’s bound version. I am wondering why the German robot is writing the Protestant Bible in the form of a Torah?

    Yes, the first thought that came to mind was the Arthur Clarke story, “Nine Billion Names…”as well.

  14. Am I the only one who felt a surge of sadness for the robot, only to be replaced by a zen like admiration for repetition?

  15. Horay, it’s finished!
    …but it messed up on 2 letters!?—may have to go to purgatory for that! :O

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